Biomechanics of Child’s Pose (Balasana)

14 Dec

Childs-poseDrishti

Chidakesha (eyes closed with the mind looking into the centre of the forehead)

Bandhas

Bandhas are not necessary in Balasana

Biomechanics

The front of the feet and lower legs create an extremely strong, supportive, stable, rectangular foundation to support the Z shaped Balasana above allowing the body to totally relax. Extending and lengthening the front of the body along the top of the thighs towards the knees lengthens the spine before it is relaxed. Extending the floating ribs along the top of the thighs lengthens the front of the torso before it is relaxed allowing the chest to rest on top of the thighs. The torso pivots on the floating rib connection with the top of the thighs as the chest softens down onto the top of the thighs and the spine has to curve and lengthen to accommodate this movement. When the forehead is rested on the floor the upper posterior curve of the spine is completed from sacrum to skull and the deep abdominal vertical breathing that is used with this asana will gently stretch and open the anterior spine. The body in this humble, surrendering, forward bending asana is able to relax and the mind to become calm, introverted and meditative.

Doshas

Child’s Yoga Pose reduces Vata and Pitta Doshas and promotes Kapha Dosha

Chakras

Focus upon Anahata Chakra the element of Air representing energy, vitality, love and compassion and Ajna Chakra in the centre of the forehead resting on the floor representing understanding.

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